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29% of fleet operators eat and drink while driving

In response to the snap poll by TrackCompare.co.uk snap poll on ‘Do you eat and drink while driving?’ a total of 71% and 29% said yes.

The research comes as Lytx Europe, a specialist in delivering driver safety and compliance solutions for commercial fleets, finds that drivers who eat and drink while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a collision than those who do not due to the distraction this causes.

Kjell Anderton, a TrackCompare.co.uk director, said: ‘Munching a sandwich or sipping coffee – now sold at virtually every service station – seems such an innocent thing to do. But, of course, it’s not.

‘When answering the question “Do you eat and drink while driving?” respondents were very straightforward. Their comments included “All the time, unfortunately,” “When I have a long day I have no option as I cannot stop,” “No. I know someone who nearly ended up in a massive accident because of this stupid behaviour,” “All the time, and all my drivers do as well – all six of them,” and “All the time – a habit of a lifetime.”

Other comments included:

• ‘More habit than anything, especially as the drivers are all on long drives

• ‘Confession time: yes I do. I work long hours so it’s practical for me

• ‘I admit this is something I do all the time. Lol

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.